At the recent European Cetacean Society Annual Meeting in Madeira, Portugal, the Mandy McMath ECS Conservation Award was presented to Professor Hal Whitehead of Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
This year, the family of United Nations Organizations is celebrating its 20th anniversary in Bonn and yesterday two honoured guests - UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon and German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier - were welcomed to the World Conference Centre (WCCB) to participate in a panel discussion on “20 years of Bonn as a UN city – shaping a sustainable future in the light of volunteering”.
CMS Conference-Appointed Councillor for Fish and Assistant Research Professor at the University of Nevada-Reno, Dr. Zeb Hogan has spent the last 20 years studying the world’s freshwater ecosystems. He recently gave a presentation at TEDx event to highlight the ecological importance to large fish species in the Mekong river system and the need to save them from extinction.
H.E. Mr. T.P. Seetharam (center), Ambassador of India to the United Arab Emirates, at a signing ceremony held in the CMS Office - Abu Dhabi, with Dr. Shaikha Al Dhaheri (right), Executive Director, Terrestrial & Marine Biodiversity Sector, Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, and Mr. Nick P. Williams (left), Head of the Coordinating Unit of the Raptors MoU. Photo courtesy of Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi.
India has signed today the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) raising the number of signatories to 56.
3 March is World Wildlife Day, a date chosen because it marks the signing of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The theme for this year is “Their Future is in Our Hands” and CMS is organizing a series of events to celebrate the day, to complement other activities, including an International Elephant Film Festival in New York, where CITES Secretary-General, John Scanlon will highlight the plight of African and Asian elephants.
The Fourth Session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4) opened on Monday, 22 February 2016 in Kuala Lumpur. In the morning, participants met to hear opening statements from dignitaries and were updated on the implementation of the IPBES work programme.
Participants at the Dugong Technical Group Meeting in Bangkok, 15-17 February 2016. Photo by Dugong MOU Secretariat.
Experts in dugong, seagrasses and community-based management met in Bangkok on 15-17 February 2016 to provide guidance and advice on current efforts and future directions for a number of major projects included in the work plan of the CMS Dugong MOU Secretariat.